Philadelphia Area HP Handheld Club Meeting
October 30th, 1996 - Drexel University
"Pegasus" Machines On the March
A handful of articles in the computer trade
press maintain that at Fall Comdex this month as many as six
companies will be showing early versions of their latest handheld
computers which will utilize the new MS Windows CE (aka Pegasus)
operating system. This group includes NEC, HP, Casio, and Compaq.
In a recent conversation with Educalc's Richard Nelson, he said
that a PC-card developer who attended the last HP local users'
group meeting in Southern California brought along with him an
early NEC Pegasus palmtop. This unit was slightly deeper and
longer than the HP200LX, with slightly larger LCD/touchscreen and
stylus, clamshell case with QWERTY keyboard, serial and two-way
IR ports, sincle PCMCIA type-II card port and approximately 3.5
meg of ROM applications built in. Battery power was supplied by
two AA-size alkalines.
Richard also mentioned that HP allegedly had as
many as two hundred engineers in Singapore working on their
version of this palmtop. It seems that for HP, a new line will be
started, to complement the Omnigo, LX and calculator products.
Stay tuned for any additional details as they emerge from the Las
Vegas show floor. It will be interesting to
see how the various companies' versions of this machine are able
to differentiate themselves from each other, either in features,
performance or price.
HP Handheld Conference Videotape is Now
I have finally completed the editing process
for the 17 hours and 20 minutes of activities from HHC '96, which was held in Anaheim, California back in late
August. Twenty four presentations were captured on tape. Although
it's an amateur video job, it's not half bad. If you are
interested in obtaining a copy of the videos, feel free
to contact me at 856-751-1310 at home or 856-722-3795 at work, or
at firstname.lastname@example.org on email.
Omnigo Price Decrease
Hot on the heels of the introduction of the
$399. Omnigo 120 organizer (which betters the model 100 by adding
Pocket Quicken in ROM along with flash RAM card support and an
easier-to-read LCD), HP has officially dropped the price of the
original Omnigo 100 by $100. to $249. This will keep it well in
the running with Sharp and Casio products. Interestingly, it is
Hewlett-Packard's intention to only offer the newer '120 in North
America, since the price was deemed too high to gather any
popularity elsewhere. This is as opposed to the worldwide
availability of the 200LX pocket PC, which costs twice as much,
but offers many more generic DOS-based
capabilities and is aimed at a more professional market.
EduCalc's Second-Generation WWW Site and
If you're on the Web, check out EduCalc's new
site at www.educalc.com. It's much better organized and contains an enormous
amount of information about products and how to order them. In
addition, many of their technical notes are now readable on line.
Also, their quarterly catalog production just got a shot in the
arm with the acquisition of one of the new Polaroid digital color
cameras with a 1200 by 1600 resolution. The newest catalog (#73)
was done entirely electronically in house, with Educalc folks
shooting the color photos and incorporating them into the text by
computer. Although this catalog is the test
for their new publishing method and it is only half the size of
their typical catalog, it required 1.3 gigabytes of space. They
delivered it to their printer on thirteen 100-meg ZIP cartridges.
A CD-ROM Library of HP38/48 Goodies
Recently, an announcement came over the Internet about a new CD-ROM disk done exclusively for HP calculator files, programs and documentation. This disk contains 314 megabytes in over thirteen thousand files, covering just about every scientific, business and leisure application. Also included is technical hardware information, the Horn Goodies disks, program collections from many users groups around the world and lots of technical postings from Usenet news over the past ten years. All this can be yours for $55. Plus ten dollars shipping from the manufacturer. For more information, send email to email@example.com and ask about the "Handheld HP CD_ROM Library".
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